Capitol Notes There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

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Capitol Notes: Recent Flurry Of Political Activity Signals Wisconsin Is Key State In 2020

Wisconsin saw a whirlwind of political activity last week, and it was all focused on Milwaukee. President Trump visited Derco Aerospace on the city's northwest side, and urged support of his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. He also attended a fundraiser. At the same time, the Latino civil rights group LULAC sponsored a town hall in downtown Milwaukee that featured several Democratic presidential candidates. Members of LULAC marched through the streets of downtown Milwaukee during the

Capitol Notes: Recent Flurry Of Political Activity Signals Wisconsin Is Key State In 2020

Both Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers & GOP Lawmakers Declare Victory In Budget Battle

After a months-long, bruising fight over the state budget, Gov. Tony Evers signed the document last week. Republicans who control the Legislature are declaring victory because of the mark they put on the Democratic governor's spending plan. They stripped his major policy proposals and made other big changes. But Evers also considers the final document to be a success, according to JR Ross of Wispolitics.com. Evers was able to use his line-item veto power to alter the GOP version of the budget.

Both Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers & GOP Lawmakers Declare Victory In Budget Battle

Capitol Notes: What Happens Next In Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Case?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that it's not the place of the federal courts to decide whether states use gerrymandering practices to redraw political district boundaries every 10 years. Because of the ruling, involving two other states, it looks like Wisconsin's redistricting trial this month will be canceled. A handful of Democratic voters sued in 2015, alleging the boundaries that Republicans drew in 2011 unfairly diluted their vote. In this week's Capitol Notes , WUWM's Marti

Capitol Notes: Joint Finance-Crafted State Budget Goes To Full Legislature This Week

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee's version of the state budget is scheduled to go to the Republican-controlled Legislature this week. The plan would cut taxes by more than $300 million over two years, while raising title and vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads. The state Assembly is expected to approve the budget on Tuesday. But it could run into trouble in the Senate, which Republicans control by five seats. Two GOP senators say they'll vote against it and if a third flips, the

Capitol Notes: Joint Finance-Crafted State Budget Goes To Full Legislature This Week

Capitol Notes: State Budget Heads To Legislature, Some GOP Senators Have Concerns

The Joint Finance committee wrapped up its work on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget last week. The panel finished by approving $500 million in tax cuts. It's expected to go to the floor of the Legislature next week. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com whether the document will sail through both Republican-controlled houses.

Capitol Notes: State Budget Heads To Legislature, Some GOP Senators Have Concerns

Capitol Notes: Why Did Joint Finance Approve Fee Increases Instead Of Gas Tax?

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance committee last week approved a funding plan to fix the roads in Wisconsin. Lawmakers removed Gov. Evers' proposal for a hike in the gas tax, and instead voted for increases in title and registration fees. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com why the GOP decided to go that route.

Capitol Notes: Why Did Joint Finance Approve Fee Increases Instead Of Gas Tax?

Capitol Notes: State Democrats Talk About Beating Trump, Preserving Top Seats In 2022 At Convention

Thousands of Democrats descended on Milwaukee over the weekend for the party's annual state convention. Many top Democrats spoke, including Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The recurring theme for the weekend was the party's desire to defeat Republican President Donald Trump in 2020. So, how confident are delegates that this will be achieved? WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross that question for this week's Capitol Notes conversation.

Capitol Notes: State Democrats Talk About Beating Trump, Preserving Top Seats In 2022 At Convention

Capitol Notes: Will Gov. Tony Evers Get More Money For Education In The Budget?

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance committee last week continued its work on Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal. It voted to increase funding for public schools by $500 million, rejecting Evers' request for $1.5 billion. Republicans say $500 million is the most the state can afford, while Evers hopes to work with the GOP to get more money. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, if he thinks Evers will get a better deal.

Capitol Notes: Will Gov. Tony Evers Get More Money For Education In The Budget?

Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Republicans Review Last Fall's Elections As They Look Ahead To 2020

State Republicans held their annual convention this past weekend in Oshkosh, WI. Party members and leaders used the event to look at what went wrong for the GOP in the fall of 2018 — and to better position the party for the 2020 elections. While Republicans maintained the majority in the state Legislature in the fall elections, the party's candidates lost in all statewide races. JR Ross of Wispolitics.com says presenters at the convention talked about how GOP candidates suffered last fall by

Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Republicans Review Last Fall's Elections As They Look Ahead To 2020

Capitol Notes: Joint Finance Scraps Most Of Evers' Budget Proposal

Republicans on the Joint Finance committee last week stripped many of Gov. Tony Evers' policy items out of his proposed budget. Evers campaigned on many of these issues, including expanding Medicaid, as well as legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing small amounts. Republicans also rejected Evers' plan to borrow up to $40 million to replace lead pipes, mostly in Milwaukee. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com if he was

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